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In brief: Denton Hall focuses on quality

Denton Hall has appointed a senior “partnership-level” manager to promote quality in the firm. Paul Hancock will head a new department consisting of the library and information function. His two main concerns are to ensure the firm stays in touch with clients’ needs and developing the research, know-how, education and training functions. Hancock joins from […]

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